South-Africa

Sundowns in same pot as Zamalek for Champions League draw

2019-10-08 10:57
Pitso Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns have been placed in Pot 2 for the CAF Champions League draw, alongside Zamalek, Etoile du Sahel and USM Alger.

This means there will not be a return to South Africa for Zamalek's former Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic in this year's competition, at least not during the group stage of the competition.

Pot 1 has the four top teams in Africa according to the CAF rankings - Esperance, TP Mazembe, Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca, although Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has previously criticised this format.

"You don't have a specific rule on how teams accumulate [ranking] points. I would expect CAF to publish these rules so that we know," Mosimane said.

"Somebody said to me that they count the points over the past five years. You never know with CAF because sometimes you say something, but it goes the other way."

Zamalek, meanwhile, booked their place in the group stage after their opponents in the final qualifying round, Generation Foot from Senegal, refused to adhere a late venue change and the second leg of the clash was awarded to Sredojevic's side.

The Senegalese club has taken their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), claiming they should replace Zamalek in the draw since they were leading the tie 1-0.

CAF Champions League draw pots:

POT 1

Esperance (Tunisia), TP Mazembe (DRC), Wydad (Morocco), Al Ahly (Egypt)

POT 2

Sundowns (RSA), Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Zamalek (Egypt), USM Alger (Algeria)

POT 3

Raja Casablanca (Morocco), Zesco (Zambia), AS Vita (DR Congo), Al Hilal (Sudan)

POT 4

Primeiro (Angola), FC Platinum (Zim), Petro Luanda (Angola), JS Kabylie (Algeria

 

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